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When should you not wear compression hosiery?

Compression hosiery is generally safe, but there are some circumstances in which you should avoid wearing them or consult a healthcare provider before doing so. These circumstances include: 

  1. Peripheral Neuropathy or other sensory impairment of the legs: Individuals with decreased sensation in their legs might not notice if the stockings are too tight, which could lead to skin damage.
  2.  Advanced Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): If your arteries are already significantly narrowed due to PAD, compression hosiery may restrict blood flow further, which can worsen the condition.
  3.  Congestive Heart Failure (CHF): In some severe cases of heart failure, the increased pressure on the leg veins can make the condition worse.
  4. Skin Infections: If you have an infection on the leg, compression hosiery can exacerbate the problem. This also applies to conditions that affect the skin like eczema or dermatitis.
  5. Pulmonary Edema from Congestive Heart Failure: The increased pressure on the veins can make this condition worse.
  6. Recent Surgery: If you have recently had surgery on your legs, the pressure from the stockings may cause discomfort or other complications.

This is not a comprehensive list and there may be other contraindications. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting to wear compression hosiery. They can help you decide if it's a good choice for your individual health needs.